Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sitting in the "learner" seat

Tonight, Julia and I will be moving into a completely new role with regard to small groups.

It was 10 years ago that we first got involved in small groups as part of the launch of the small group ministry at Church on the Eastern Shore, leading one of the first  groups there.  In 2006, I had the honor of serving on staff at Jubilee Shores United Methodist Church as Lead Servant for Small Group Development and Practical Care Ministries.  I've led small groups almost continuously for 10 years and tonight I get to be a part of a new small group of Bay Community church as a member and not as a leader.  I am excited to be a member in this new small group and I look forward to learning from experienced leaders Robb and Merry Dawson!  Every church's small group ministry has it's own unique culture and I look forward to learning about the culture of Bay Community's small group ministry.  Our first study is on the book of Romans, a book that lends itself to repeated study.

I enjoy leading small groups but I know that there is so much more to learn about small group leadership than I now know.  I may lead a group again in the future but for now, I'm ready to listen and learn under other leaders.

Have there been times in your life when you've needed to step back from a position of leadership and become a good student, again?  What was your experience?

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